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Product Details

  • Series: Crafty Chica Novels (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044650923X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446509237
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,184,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The founder of popular www.craftychica.com pens her second Crafty Chica novel, following Waking Up in the Land of Glitter (2010). Scarlet Santana has abandoned a promising engineering career to follow her passion for sewing. To raise money to attend a prestigious design academy in New York, she works for a local designer, teaches a sewing class, and sells clothes on her web site devoted to Daisy de la Flora, the flamboyant designer who inspired Scarlet�s retro look and bubbly approach to life. As Scarlet works herself to exhaustion, the women in her sewing class become their own an unofficial support group. When her big break turns out to be a big bust, Scarlet must consider whether following her dream is worth losing herself. Cano-Murillo lays the quirkiness on thick, but the story amidst the gimmicks has a lot of heart. --Aleksandra Walker


"With wit and sass reminiscent of Fannie Flagg, Cano-Murillo manages to extract much mirth from her cast of craftsters, each striving to transcend restrictive patterns in life (as well as dressmaking) and to defeat family expectations that are squelching self-expression."—Kirkus

"A fun read about stumbling into love, honoring friendship, and celebrating the power of craft. Full of good cheer!"—Kate Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Friday Night Knitting Club on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER

"Every word in this hilarious, fun read sparkles. Kathy Cano-Murillo is certainly an author to watch. I woke up in the land of happy reading!"—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER

"Waking Up in the Land of Glitter is wildly addictive! Funny, sweet, and slyly wicked, it draws you in so deeply that you're not even remotely mad you've spent the night on the couch, reading, and missed all of your shows on Bravo."—Laurie Notaro, New York Times bestselling author on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER

"Kathy's novel dazzles! Through Ofie's purity of heart, Chloe's emotional transformation and Star's awakening to the shine that was always there, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter weaves a story of friendship, trust and self-discovery. Whether you're a painter, crocheter, sewer or have nary the crafty bone in your body you'll leave reading this book with the feeling that creativity is key, but love conquers all! A must-read for crafty women of all generations!"—Vickie Howell, host of DIY Network's Knitty Gritty and author of Pop Goes Crochet on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER

"Kathy Cano-Murillo is an amazing storyteller--her narrative is as bejeweled as her crafty creations!"—Alberto Ferreras, author of B as in Beauty on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER

"Who knew that glitter really does make the world a better place? Kathy's book is creative, inspirational and empowering, just like she is. I couldn't put it down!"—Terri O, TV Personality, Spokesperson, Craft Expert www.terriocraftprojects.com on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER

" Clever character building and a fun storyline will leave readers with a case of the warm fuzzies. Just the thing to curl up with on a cold stormy day or take to the beach."—MonstersandCritics.com on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER

"Cano-Murillo celebrates friendship and crafting in her fun, fabulous Crafty Chica novel. You'll want to get out your glue gun and invite your best friends over after reading this one."—RT Book Reviews on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER

"Cano-Murillo, known as the 'Crafty Chica' and for her line of craft products, has delved into the writing world to create one of the most lively, imaginative novels I've run across lately. Full of humor, love, friendship and some pretty cool art projects, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter will have readers howling one minute, sobbing the next, and reaching for their trusty glue guns to create their very own 'love shrines' before the end of the book. This novel was just a delightful glittery, shiny, light-hearted treat."—Las Vegas Review-Journal on WAKING UP IN THE LAND OF GLITTER

More About the Author

People most know Kathy Cano-Murillo as The Crafty Chica. She has been profiled for her art and crafts in The New York Times, USA Today and NPR.

Kathy has been a writer longer than she has been a crafter, inspired in grade school by Erma Bombeck and Judy Blume. As an adult, Kathy went on to have a 13-year newspaper career at The Arizona Republic as an entertainment reporter, all while running her award-winning web site, CraftyChica.com. She has authored seven books including Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul and Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing.

In 2004, Kathy pursued her dream of writing a novel and finished her first draft for National Novel Writing Month. She wrote from 10 pm-2 am every night while her family slept, a tradition she still carries on to this day. Her manuscript sold in 2007 in a three-way bidding war to Grand Central Publishing.

Kathy's debut novel, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter released in March 2010 and her second, Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing in March 2011. She is currently writing her third book.

Kathy designs her own Crafty Chica product line through iLoveToCreate, a Duncan Enterprises Company, and she is also the Crafts Editor for BlogHer.com

Kathy's mission with her novels is to share stories about contemporary Latinas living and working in the creative arts. She lives in Phoenix, AZ, with her husband, two kids and five Chihuahuas. Her motto for life is "Crafts, drama and glitter".

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This book is so FUN to read.
Alisa Abrenica
They learn to let go of their inhibitions, love themselves, and make time for each other, all while sewing beautiful clothes...without using a pattern.
What I loved most about this book is Scarlet's self-discovery of herself and her love for the art of sewing "patternless".

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bookreader "Melanie" on April 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
This story is about Scarlet Santana. She is never as happy as when she is creating fabulous fashions and posting on her daisyforever.com blog. In fact, she walked away from a profitable job in engineering to pursue her passion for sewing and crafty designs. Now Scarlet finally has a chance to prove to her skeptical family that she can make it in the world of fashion when she is accepted into the Johnny Scissors design program in NYC. The only hitch is coming up with the expensive tuition money.

This is where the story really begins. Scarlet opens an after-hours sewing school in a local record shop to raise her funds. Here we are introduced to Maria Theresa, a extremely uptight, rigid, "follow the rules" mother of twins who signs up for the class as a suggestion from her marriage counselor. Then there is Rosa, an older women who seems to have a mysterious past. Mixed in with this group is Marco, the record store owner and several other class participants. Scarlet must ultimately decide whether she must pursue her dream and possibly lose herself in the process

I LOVED this book. There was a bit of romance, even some humor. Mostly thought it was about honoring friendships and family and finding ones inner strength and power. The writing was flawless in my opinion. I loved Scarlet's quirky character. She bubbled with enthusiasm, but was shown to have her limits just like everyone. I found myself enjoying all the female characters in this book. An uplifting story with strong female characters. You don't have to be into crafts to enjoy this story either.

This book even comes with 3 original project ideas and crafting tips at the end. I only wish their was a sketch include in that section showing up an idea of what Scarlet's famous Mexibilly frock looks like!

I am going to add this author's first book, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter to my to read list right now. One of the better books I have read this year!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steph83 on March 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am part of a book club in Houston and this is the second book by Mrs. Kathy that we have read. This book was fun and inspiring , I could not put it down and finished it within 24hrs. Keep writing Kathy :-) you have a fan for life.
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Scarlet Santana believes that the past fuels her present despite the naysayers in her life and non-believers. Scarlet channels the greatness of designer Daisy de la Flora who revolutionized fashion in her Nana's time to help her see how great fashion should be envisioned. Daisy's life is shrouded in mystery and full of excitement and Scarlet is a living, breathing expert on all things Daisy right down to every little button on Daisy's dresses. Not knowing if Daisy is even alive still Scarlet believes that Daisy's designing spirit lives inside her and she has devoted her fashion sense and style in adoration of Daisy. Scarlet has also created a Daisy website and blog where she reminds her followers to chase those dreams and celebrate the little victories in your life and her readers are devoted and respond in kind to her positive attitude.

It is not easy for Scarlet to always celebrate victories when her family is trying to move her onto another career path; her boss is a single-minded fashion diva not looking to mentor but mock Scarlet's ideas; and she is short on the money she needs to get into an exclusive design school in New York. But Scarlet moves past the difficulties and opens up a sewing class to raise the money and keep her dreams flourishing. Having lost her first location her second option proves to be even better, even if it is a record store add-on but the owner is one cute distraction. Scarlet doesn't care where she sews she just needs to sew, design and work at teaching others how to tap into their inner skills. Scarlet has the will power to make this happen and the students who want to learn how to create masterpieces using Scarlet's idea of sewing without a pattern.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Belinda Spiwak on March 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Great read for crafters, artists, and avid readers!

As a teacher, I was drawn in by the characters and what would happen next to them. I could really identify with the main character, Scarlet, who has a dream that is really different than what her family wants for her. Is she strong enough to go for her dreams or give in to her family's expectations? Scarlet finally sees her dreams within her grasp and teaching an after-hours sewing class is a way of getting there.

The individual stories and richness of each character is what kept me reading to find out what would happen next. What I really enjoyed about this book was that the characters in this book were real with problems and issues that any of us could have yet I felt that dreams could still come true if I believed and worked hard enough.

As someone who sews and creates mixed media art, I loved the sewing and craft references. I liked the "how-tos" at the end of the book.

As an avid reader, I liked how there is a Q&A section with the author, book group guide, and Spanish glossary. Bonus!

Hint: Pay particular attention to prologue. I really liked how you tied everything together. Very nicely done. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I won't say anything else. This is a definite good read!
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